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Rev. Charles Joseph Ridsdale

Rev. Charles Joseph Ridsdale

Male 1840 - 1929  (88 years)

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  • Name Charles Joseph Ridsdale 
    Prefix Rev. 
    Born 30 Oct 1840  Stoke Newington, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 23 Nov 1840  Islington, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • London, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906, Islington, Canonbury St Paul, p. 77, #615 (1840).
      Charles Joseph, son of Samuel & Juliana Ridsdale of Newington Gree, Clerk, was baptized Nov. 23 1840 (born 30th Oct 1840) by Charles Manhall, Off'ing Min.
    Gender Male 
    1841 England Census 1841  Hornsey, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • District 4, pp. 16-17
      Newington Green
      Juliana Ridsdale    40 (f)  Ind      Y
      Samuel    "             15                 N
      Margaret   "            13                N
      Thomas    "            11                 N
      -----  p. 17  -----
      James Ridsdale       7                 N
      Eliza       "                5                 N
      Louisa    "               2                  N
      Charles  "               7 months      Y
      Elizabeth Peter      15     F. S.           F
      Mary Nives            15    F. S.       Y
      Maria Tillet              20   F. S.       Y
    1851 England Census 1851  Hornsey, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • District 1d, p. 63
      Stoke Newington, Green Lane
      Juliana Ridsdale       Head   Widow   51  Annuitant                           Mdx Bucklerbury London
      Samuel Ridsdale      Son      Unm       26  Clerk Sugar Warehouse    India Collayano Travancore
      Margaret Maria "      Dau      Unm       23  Annuitant                           India  Cochin
      James            "         Son                    17  Clerke Sugar Warehouse   "           "
      Harriet Louisa  "       Dau                    11  Scholar at home                off. South Africa
      Charles Joseph "     Son                    10   Scholar                             Midx Stoke Newington
      Caroline Westwood  Serv  Mar         43   Cook                                  Midx Hampstead
      Ann Lees                  Servt                15   House maid                        Midx  Tottenham
    1861 England Census 1861  Islington, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • District 9, p. 53
      41 Newington Green
      Juliana Ridsdale      Head  W    61   Pensioner                         Middx Walbrook
      James      "               Son   Un   27   Woollen Manufacturer      India  Cochin
      Eliza         "               Dau   Un   24                                                "          "
      Charles J   "             Son   Un   20    Scholar University Cam    Middx  Newington green
      Susan Pett              Serv   Un   26   General Serv                     Cambridge  St Ann
    Graduation 1864  Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Caius College - Cambridge University 
    • Cambridge University Alumni, 1261-1900
      Name: Charles Joseph. Ridsdale
      College: CAIUS 
      Entered: Michs. 1859 
      Born: 1840
      Died: 20 Jun 1929
      More Information: Adm. pens. at CAIUS, June 28, 1859. S. of the Rev. Samuel, of Newington Green, London. B. there, 1840. School, Islington Proprietary. Matric. Michs. 1859; Scholar; B.A. 1864. Ord. deacon, 1864; priest (Canterbury), 1865. C. of Whitstable and Seasalter, Kent, 1864-6. C. of Carlton, Notts., 1866-8. V. of St Peter's, Folkestone, 1868-1923. Defendant in the 'Folkestone ritual case.' Author (with M. Woodward) of a Children's Service Book. Composer of Church music. Lived latterly at 'Deepdene,' Dorking, where he died, June 20, 1929. Brother of Thomas M. (1848). (Venn, II. 345; Crockford.)
    1871 England Census 1871  Folkestone, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • District 2, p. 26
      North Street
      Charles J Ridsdale       Head  Unm  30  Perpetual Curate St. Peters     Middx London
    1881 England Census 1881  Folkestone, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • p. 23
      Durlocks, S. Peters Vicarage C.P.
      Charles J Ridsdale    Head  Mar  40   Incumbent of St. Peters (Folkstone)   Stoke Newington  Middlesex
      Rosamond P.   "         Wife   Mar  26                                                              Kent  Folkstone
      Etheldrada M   "          Dau             5                                                                  "          "
      Arthur C          "          Son             4                                                                  "           "
      Charles H        "          Son             2                                                                  "           "
      Harold E           "          Son            7 mo                                                             "     Harbledown
      Mary Webb                Serv  Un    22   General Servant                                   Suffolk  Ipswich
      Edith C. Hughes         Serv  Un    19   Nurse                                                    Kent  Ramsgate
    1891 England Census 1891  Folkestone, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • District 2, p. 41
      Vicarage House (St Peters)
      Charles J Ridsdale    Head  M  50  Vicar of St Peters Folkestone  Middlesex London
      Rosamond P.   "         Wife  M  36                                                    Kent         Folkestone
      Harold E           "          Son  S  10                                                        "                "
      Cuthbert E        "          Son        7                                                        "                "
      Rosamond M    "          Dau        4                                                        "                "
      Cicely G           "          Dau         2                                                        "                "
      ... 3 servants
    1901 England Census 1901  Folkestone, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • District 1, p. 19
      St. Peter's Vicarage - East Cliff
      Charles J Ridsdale           Head  M  60   Clergyman of Church of England  Midx  Stoke Newington
      Rosamond P.    "               Wife   M  46                                                                   Kent  Folkestone
      Etheldreda R.    "               Dau    S  24   Teacher of High School                               "             "
      Cicely G            "               Dau    S  12                                                                        "             "
      Beatrice L F      "               Dau          9                                                                        "             "
      Robert H           "                Son         5                                                                    Sussex Watlington
      Rachel M          "                Dau         5                                                                         "             "
      Michael E Woodward     Visitor  S  29   Tutor School                                              Kent  Folkestone
      Matilda Gynn                   Serv    S  21   Domestic Servant Cook                                  "    Sevenoaks
      ... 2 servants (on next page)
    1911 England Census 1911  Folkestone, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • District 01 - Folkestone
      St. Peter's Vicarage, Folkestone
      Charles Joseph Ridsdale     Head  70  Married                      Clergyman (Established Church)  London  Stoke Newington
      Rosamond P           "             Wife  56   Married  35  10  7  3                                                        Kent  Folkestone
      Cicely Gertrude      "              Dau  22   Single                        Teacher in a School                          "        "
      Beatrice                  "              Dau  19   Single                                                                                  "        "
      M. Rachel                "    twin   Dau  15   Single                        School                                            Sussex  Whatlington
      Robert Hugh            "    twin   Son  15   Single                          "                                                        "             "
      ... 2 servants
    Death Registration Between 1 Apr 1929 and 30 Jun 1929  Dorking Registration District, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Vol. 2a, p. 275 
    • Charles J Ridsdale, age 88, died.
    Died 20 Jun 1929  Dorking, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Probate 17 Aug 1929  London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • RIDSDALE, the reverend Charles Joseph of Durlocks, Dorking Surrey, clerk, died 20 June 1929. Probate London 17 August [1929] to Thomas Charles Cullum, retired schoolmaster. Effects £8594 19s. 8d.
    Notes 
    • Charles Joseph Ridsdale, vicar of St Peter's Folkestone, was the first incumbent and there's a photograph of him on the church website: http://www.stpeterschurchfolkestone.org/Memories/ParishPriestsofStPeters.html.
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      http://www.stpeterschurchfolkestone.org/Memories/History1.html

      http://www.stpeterschurchfolkestone.org/Memories/RitualCase.html

      The Folkestone Ritual Case

      In August 1872 the 'Folkestone Chronicle' published a letter stating that legal proceeding had begun against Fr Ridsdale concerning ritualistic services. Other charges regarding a second altar and Stations of the Cross were dropped when it was realised that they had been correctly installed in accordance with the faculties issued.

      During the winter of the same year, Fr Ridsdale and the Churchwardens were charged in the Commissary Court, presided over by Dr Tristam, with erecting a set of Stations of the Cross. The plaintiff was the secretary to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Archibald Tait. Whilst this Court found in favour of the Archbishop, on appeal lodged in the autumn of 1873 heard in the Court of Arches on the grounds that the Archbishop's secretary had no public or private interest in the case, and was therefore not a fit person to institute such a prosecution resulted in the appeal being upheld in November 1873, and costs attributed to the Archbishop. Shortly afterwards the Archbishop appealed against this judgement to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, but this was dismissed.

      Queen Victoria, a friend of Archbishop Tait, in January 1874 urged him to introduce legislation into Parliament to strengthen the Bishops' ability to "stop the corrosion of the Church's Protestant character". On 13th and 14th January at the new years' council of the Bishops, led by Archbishop Tait, the Public Worship Regulation Act was drafted with the intention of suppressing the growth of ritualism, and instil a greater sense of unity within the Church of England. Tait reported the outcome of the Bishops' meeting to the Queen who in turn reported the decision the William Gladstone, the Prime Minister.
      The Bills passage through parliament was long and complicated with amendments being made. Finally on 5th August 1874 the Public Worship Regulation Act was passed.

      Whilst Fr Ridsdale and his wife Rosamund were on honeymoon in Switzerland, three parishioners of St Peter's, namely: William Clifton (Baker), George Millar (Shoemaker), and James Harris (Beer House Keeper) instigated proceedings under the Act against Fr Ridsdale who was thought to be in breach of the law in his liturgical practices. Fr Ridsdale's supporters and congregation claimed that the complainants, though resident in the parish, were not regular worshippers at the Church.

      National interest had grown in Fr Ridsdale and St Peter's and became known as "The Folkestone Ritual Case". On 6th January 1876, Fr Ridsdale was summoned to the Library at Lambeth Palace, to appear before Judge James Plaisted Baram Penzance accused on following twelve points that on Sunday 4th and 11th July 1875:

      1. Lighted candles were used on the Communion Table during Mass when such candles were not wanted for the purpose of giving light;

      2. Unlawful Ecclesiastic Vestments ( Alb and Chasuble) were worn;

      3. Water was unlawfully mixed with Sacramental Wine in the chalice;

      4. Wafer bread was used;

      5. The Consecration occurred when the celebrant had his back to the congregation;

      6. During the prayer of Consecration, Fr Ridsdale twice unlawfully knelt or bent his knee during the reading thereof;

      7. The Agnus Dei was sung;

      8. At certain services, only one elderly person communicated;

      9. A procession was unlawfully formed before the Communion Service consisting of two acolytes, four banners, and a processional cross, during which a hymn was sung and Birettas worn;

      10. A procession was held before Evensong;

      11. Unlawfully setting up and retaining a crucifix and twenty four candlesticks on the rood screen and lighting the said candles although the other lights in the Church were amply sufficient to light the Church;

      12. Stations of the Cross had been erected;

      The prosecution case was based upon the rubrics of the Book of Common Prayer of Edward VI, as amended by Elizabeth I, and resulted with Fr Ridsdale being found guilty on every point. This was a lengthy case which attracted national interest through the reports published in the national daily newspapers.

      Fr Ridsdale complied with the Court's decision on eight of the charges, but did not abandon points 2, 4, 5 and 11 and following the Courts decision he refused to celebrate Mass at St Peter's until his appeal to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council had been heard. The Stations of the Cross were removed from the walls during Lent 1876, to the chant of "Misereremei Deus" and the communicants attended St Michael's Church in Dover Road.

      Finally on 12th May 1877 the Lord Chancellor gave his decision on the appeal, finding only the Eastward position acceptable. The wearing of vestments was forbidden and a writ was issued for the removal of the rood crucifix. Fr Ridsdale objected to abandoning vestments contrary to his interpretation of the Ornaments Rubric of the Book of Common Prayer and received dispensation from his perceived belief of the meaning of the rubric from Archbishop Tait.

      Fr Ridsdale was the first Anglican clergyman to be prosecuted under the Public Worship Regulations Act 1874 and the immense publicity that the Act attracted, together with the subsequent prosecutions, a few of which resulted in the imprisonment of clergy, had the opposite to the intended effect. By 1877 the Archbishop encouraged the Bishops to be more lenient in such cases and use their veto on further prosecutions.
    Person ID I1866  Ridsdale Families
    Last Modified 21 Oct 2015 

    Father Rev. Samuel Ridsdale,   b. Abt 1799,   d. Bef 27 Oct 1840  (Age ~ 41 years) 
    Mother Juliana Marshall,   b. 6 Mar 1800, Bucklersbury, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1 Apr 1874 and 30 Jun 1874, Islington, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Married 12 May 1824  London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Samuel Ridsdale and Juliana Marshall were married at Saint Stephen Walbrook and Saint Benet Sherehog, London.
    Family ID F474  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Rosamond Penelope Woodward,   b. Between 1 Jul 1854 and 30 Sep 1854, Folkestone, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Feb 1932, Streatham, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 77 years) 
    Married Between 1 Jul 1875 and 30 Sep 1875  Elham Registration District, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Marriage Registration Between 1 Jul 1875 and 30 Sep 1875  Elham Registration District, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Vol. 2a, p. 1356 
    • Charles Joseph Ridsdale and Rosamond Penelope Woodward were married.
    Children 
     1. Etheldreda Mary Ridsdale,   b. 4 Apr 1876, Folkestone, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Apr 1906, Epsom Registration District, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 30 years)
     2. Rev. Arthur Cyril Ridsdale,   b. 24 Mar 1877, Folkestone, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Apr 1941, India Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
     3. Charles Herbert Ridsdale,   b. Between 1 Jul 1878 and 30 Sep 1878, Folkestone, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1 Jan 1886 and 31 Mar 1886, Elham Registration District, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 7 years)
     4. Rev. Harold Edgar Ridsdale,   b. Between 1 Jul 1880 and 30 Sep 1880, Harbledown, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Sep 1934, Westminster Registration District, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 54 years)
     5. Cuthbert Eustace Ridsdale,   b. 13 Mar 1884, Folkestone, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1911  (Age 27 years)
     6. Rosamond Maud Ridsdale,   b. Between 1 Jan 1887 and 31 Mar 1887, Folkestone, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1 Apr 1900 and 30 Jun 1900, Elham Registration District, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 13 years)
     7. Cicely Gertrude Ridsdale,   b. Between 1 Jan 1889 and 31 Mar 1889, Folkestone, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1901  (Age ~ 12 years)
     8. Beatrice Louisa F. Ridsdale,   b. Between 1 Apr 1892 and 30 Jun 1892, Folkestone, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1901  (Age ~ 9 years)
     9. Robert Hugh Ridsdale,   b. 19 Aug 1895, Whatlington, Sussex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jun 1916, Ypres, ____, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 20 years)
     10. Margaret Rachel Ridsdale,   b. 19 Aug 1895, Whatlington, Sussex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1 Jan 1970 and 31 Mar 1970, Paddington Registration District, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
    Last Modified 27 Nov 2012 
    Family ID F477  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 30 Oct 1840 - Stoke Newington, Middlesex, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 23 Nov 1840 - Islington, Middlesex, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google Maps1841 England Census - 1841 - Hornsey, Middlesex, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google Maps1851 England Census - 1851 - Hornsey, Middlesex, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google Maps1861 England Census - 1861 - Islington, Middlesex, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsGraduation - Caius College - Cambridge University - 1864 - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google Maps1871 England Census - 1871 - Folkestone, Kent, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Between 1 Jul 1875 and 30 Sep 1875 - Elham Registration District, Kent, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage Registration - Vol. 2a, p. 1356 - Between 1 Jul 1875 and 30 Sep 1875 - Elham Registration District, Kent, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google Maps1881 England Census - 1881 - Folkestone, Kent, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google Maps1891 England Census - 1891 - Folkestone, Kent, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google Maps1901 England Census - 1901 - Folkestone, Kent, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google Maps1911 England Census - 1911 - Folkestone, Kent, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath Registration - Vol. 2a, p. 275 - Between 1 Apr 1929 and 30 Jun 1929 - Dorking Registration District, Surrey, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 20 Jun 1929 - Dorking, Surrey, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsProbate - 17 Aug 1929 - London, Middlesex, England Link to Google Earth
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    Rev. Charles Joseph Ridsdale (1840-1929)
    Rev. Charles Joseph Ridsdale (1840-1929)
    http://www.stpeterschurchfolkestone.org/Memories/ParishPriestsofStPeters.html